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– See, women stare too. Just checkout this video of a South Carolina trainer “undressing” Gamecock’s dual-sport star Bruce Ellington with her eyes

– Speaking of eyes, Rob Dauster provides a great-read on two Big East players who have battled back from serious optical injuries

I do like the work that Matt Norlander did here. He wants to know who will be the next legendary head coach to retire, following retirement of Jim Calhoun last week.  However, I will disagree with Larry Brown. Sure he’s a legendary coach, and sure he won a National Championship with Kansas back in the day, but his current role in college hoops isn’t significant enough to merit reference on this list

– Burn The Horse is a Arkansas-Little Rock hoops blog that never gets nearly enough attention. They note that the Sun Belt Conference is looking to make Atlanta, GA it’s permanent home for the postseason 

-John Feinstein still thinks Notre Dame got the short end of the stick in the ACC deal

-Does the Big East still contain the best hoops in the country? New commissioner Mike Aresco thinks so. It’s certainly debatable, but you don’t lose four high-caliber programs like Pittsburgh, Syracuse, West Virginia and Notre Dame, and not take it hit

– North Carolina State got some great news on Monday, as freshman phenom Rodney Purvis was cleared by the NCAA to participate

– North Carolina chancellor Holden Thorpe has resigned from his post in the wake of the major academic scandals taking place in Chapel Hill

– Critically-acclaimed author Tucker Max took part in the John Calipari Fantasy Camp. His review is pretty fantastic

– In order for Kevin Ollie to have success at UConn, the first year head coach will have to become a master of a few key areas

– Run the Floor ranks the best point guards in the SEC and ACC

Arsalan Kazemi is transferring from Rice. That is not good news for the Owls. The Iranian-born scoring machine was one of the best players in C-USA last season. He’s also the sixth Rice player to transfer out since the end of last season

– Billy Gilispie has been ordered to stay “stress-free” for 30 days. Yeah, because that’s really going to happen……

– Sad news out of Provo, UT yesterday. BYU sophomore forward Chris Collinsworth will undergo career-ending micro-fracture ankle surgery. This is the third straight year Collinsworth has had to undergo surgery

– Michigan State forward Kenny Kaminski is likely to miss 4-6 months due to shoulder surgery. The 6-foot-8 freshman injured his shoulder while playing against friends over the summer

– Speaking of Michigan State, sophomore Branden Dawson is speeding through recovery from knee surgery and feels like nothing ever changed

– Butler’s Chrishawn Hopkins will look to transfer schools in the wake of his dismissal from the Bulldogs program

– I love lists like this: All the transfers eligible this season at the mid-major level

– The top-10 draft prospects in the ACC, courtesy of Draft Express

Remember, if you find an article that is worthy of being in The Morning Mix, be sure to use the #ReadoftheDay hashtag on Twitter. 

Troy Machir is the managing editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @TroyMachir.

Lonzo Ball struggled on UCLA’s Australian tour

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UCLA capped their three-game trip to Australia on Sunday night with a 94-91 win over the Brisbane Bullets, a game in which sophomore point guard Aaron Holiday finished with a team-high 17 points. Bryce Alford and Isaac Hamilton both added 16 points and freshman Ike Anigbogu finished with 13 points and 10 boards.

This win came just two days after the Bruins lost to Melbourne United, 89-84, when Hamilton — 18 points and five assists — and Holiday — 16 points — were both once again impressive. Alford also added 18 points in Friday’s loss.

It’s not surprising that the Bruins had some up and down performances abroad. Everyone does. It’s what happens when a team of college kids, with three freshmen playing key roles, heads to the other side of the world to square off against teams made up of professionals. Don’t go hanging the ‘Fire Steve Alford’ banners on anymore airplanes just yet.

There are, however, two interesting things to consider from this trip:

– Lonzo Ball, UCLA’s star freshman, was, at best, their fourth-best perimeter player. Seniors Isaac Hamilton and Bryce Alford and sophomore Aaron Holiday all played well and posted impressive numbers on the three-game trip. Ball? He didn’t shoot well. At all. In UCLA’s 47-point opening win, he was 3-for-9 from the floor and 1-for-3 from three, putting together was was by far his best shooting performance of the trip. In the three games, he shot a total of 25 percent (9-36) from the field and 19 percent (4-21) from three. He did average 5.0 assists and, in one game, notched 13 boards, but Ball’s ability to shoot will be something to keep an eye on.

– And then there’s this, from Bryce Alford:

UCLA needs to travel with more towels.

VIDEO: Mixtape for ton ten prospect Hamidou Diallo

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Hamidou Diallo is arguably the most in-demand scoring guard in the country.

He currently holds offers from Duke, Kentucky, Indiana and Louisville, among many others, and in the mixtape above, you can see why. He’s has explosive as any guard that has come through college basketball since Zach LaVine, which is why his mixtapes are so enjoyable to watch.

Plus, the beat that Ball Is Life uses here is sick.

LOS ANGELES, CA. JULY 26, 2016. The Academy. Hamidou Diallo #33 of Putnam Science Academy dunks. (Mandatory photo credit: Jon Lopez/Nike).
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Former Michigan State star arrested for third time in four months

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For the third time since May, former Michigan State star Keith Appling has been arrested in an incident involving a loaded gun.

According to police, Appling was the driver of a car that was pulled over on Sunday night in Detroit. After an officer detected the scent of marijuana and requested Appling’s license, Appling rolled up his window sped off. He was stopped a short time later, but officers noticed that a Gucci bag that was in the back seat his car was missing. As they went over the route of the pursuit, they found the bag, which contained a loaded handgun and paperwork with Appling’s name on it.

In June, Appling was arrested when, during a traffic stop, he was in the back seat of a car where a handgun was found in the floorboard. That happened a month after he was arrested in the parking lot of a Dearborn, Michigan, strip club when a handgun and a loaded AK-47 were found in his car.

Tennessee football to honor Pat Summitt with helmet sticker

KNOXVILLE, TN - JULY 14:  Flower wreaths line the wall at Pat Summitt Plaza before the start of a ceremony to celebrate the life of former Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt at the Thompson-Boling Arena on July 14, 2016 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Summitt died June 28 at the age of 64, five years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. (Photo by Craig Bisacre/Tennessee Athletics - Pool/Getty Images)
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Tennessee’s football team will be wearing a commemorative sticker on their helmet this season to honor the late Pat Summitt.

Summitt coached the Lady Vols for nearly four decades, building the women’s basketball program into a goliath in the sport and simultaneously doing more than just about anyone to advance women’s athletics in this country while becoming the winningest Division I college coach of all-time.

“We’re excited about wearing a commemorative sticker on the back of our helmet to honor the late Pat Summitt,” football coach Butch Jones said. “We know everything she stands for. I think it’s very fitting that Tennessee football and Team 120 recognize her and everything she means to the University of Tennessee and state of Tennessee.”

The stickers will look like this:

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Villanova beats Duke, Kansas, Indiana for Jermaine Samuels

Atlanta, GA - MAY 27: Nike EYBL. Session 4. Jermaine Samuels, Jr. #23 of Expressions Elite dunks. (Photo by Jon Lopez)
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Villanova landed a commitment from top 50 prospect Jermaine Samuels on Saturday.

Samuels is a tough and athletic 6-foot-5 wing that will remind many Wildcat fans of Josh Hart. He’s got the same kind of versatility and nose for the ball that will let him guard perimeter players as well as work in as a small-ball four. Players like this are a specialty of Jay Wright.

Samuels picked up an offer from Duke recently and also had Indiana, Kansas and Georgetown in his top five. Beating out blue-bloods for a prospect like this is quite the statement for Villanova, one that should tell you the reigning national champs are here to stay as a national power.